Your First Junior Golf Tournament: A Quick Start Guide

in May 21, 2024

Embarking on your first junior golf tournament is an exhilarating step in a young golfer's journey. For girls who are just starting her journey into competitive golf, here's a few tips to help her feel prepared, confident, and ready to enjoy the experience to its fullest.

Before the Tournament: Select the event based on the level of her skill, so she doesn’t feel intimidated by playing against more experienced players. 

  • Get to Know the Course: A pre-tournament visit can demystify the course layout, especially when new to competitive golf! Since every shot counts, having an understanding of the layout would always help shave some strokes off the score!
  • Practice with Purpose: Implement a balanced practice routine focusing on all game aspects. Work with coaches on improving the technique and also understanding the rules of golf so she starts practicing and creating a routine for each shot as if she is playing in a tournament.

Mental and Physical Prep: 

  • Mindset Matters: Set realistic goals and practice visualization to boost confidence. Establish a comfortable pre-shot routine to maintain focus and calmness during play. This will help immensely at the first ever tournament so that she is able to keep control under pressure while having fun at the same time.
  • Dress for Success: Choose comfortable, functional golf attire that won’t hinder your swing. Check the weather for the day of the tournament - depending on the time of the year, weather can change drastically day to day in some areas. So it is important to make sure she has the right gear and it isn’t restricting any of her swing movements. The right gear can not only enhance performance; but also boost confidence on the course.

Getting all packed up and ready for the Day:

  • Check Your Equipment: Ensure your golf bag is well-organized and clubs are in prime condition. Clean the clubs, so they are shiny and ready to go!  Don’t forget essentials like extra balls, tees, and a divot repair tool. When she is prepared with the equipment, it gives the extra boost of being ready to go! 
  • Nutrition and Hydration: Pack energy-sustaining snacks and plenty of water to keep energy levels up and hydration in check throughout the day. This is crucial especially playing in very hot weather/climate conditions; general rule of thumb is to have a quick snack every 2 hours of play along with 4-6oz of fluid intake every hour. This way she can stay hydrated and in prime physical condition as she plays.

Tournament Day: Finally It’s here!

  • Get up early and make sure to have a good balanced breakfast/brunch about 2 hours before tee time. That will help get the body going and ready to go hit the links!
  • Arrive early to allow ample time for registration, warming up, and a bit of practice. A relaxed start can set a positive tone for the day. This will also help get the nerves out and getting the body ready for the first swing on the tee!
  • HAVE FUN during the tournament! That is the most important part of this game! 
  • When finished, regardless of the outcome, focus on the positives and consider each experience a stepping stone to improvement.

Preparing for your first tournament is about more than just practicing your swing; it's about setting the stage for a rewarding and enjoyable golfing experience. Remember, every champion started somewhere, and this is your beginning. Dream big, play boldly, and embrace every moment of your golfing journey.